A link between attentional function, effective eye movements, and driving ability

Mackenzie, A.K. ORCID: 0000-0002-6818-2838 and Harris, J.M., 2017. A link between attentional function, effective eye movements, and driving ability. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 43 (2), pp. 381-394. ISSN 0096-1523

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The misallocation of driver visual attention has been suggested as a major contributing factor to vehicle accidents. One possible reason is that the relatively high cognitive demands of driving limits the ability to efficiently allocate gaze. We present an experiment that explores the relationship between attentional function and visual performance when driving. Drivers performed two variations of a multiple object tracking task targeting aspects of cognition including sustained attention, dual-tasking, covert attention and visuomotor skill. They also drove a number of courses in a driving simulator. Eye movements were recorded throughout. We found that individuals who performed better in the cognitive tasks exhibited more effective eye movement strategies when driving, such as scanning more of the road, and they also exhibited better driving performance. We discuss the potential link between an individual's attentional function, effective eye movements and driving ability. We also discuss the use of a visuomotor task in assessing driving behaviour.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Attentional function and driver eye movements [running title]
Publication Title: Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
Creators: Mackenzie, A.K. and Harris, J.M.
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Date: February 2017
Volume: 43
Number: 2
ISSN: 0096-1523
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jill Tomkinson
Date Added: 12 Mar 2018 14:24
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2018 14:24
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32917

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